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New “Vlog” on Preserving Books and Other Treasures

In her new vlog, Get to the Point in Library Preservation, preservation technician Amanda Richards demonstrates the tools and techniques she uses to make sure the UT Libraries collections will stand the test of time. Amanda offers step-by-step tutorials on techniques — such as sew-ins, book binding, and constructing boxes to house fragile materials — that she uses to treat circulating books as well as the rare and unique items in our Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives.

Preservation Week: Learn how the library preserves its treasures

April 22-26 is Preservation Week at the libraries. Stop by 209 Hodges Library, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day, to learn how the library preserves its treasures.

  • Monday: Bind your own notebook
  • Tuesday: Learn to preserve your personal treasures
  • Wednesday: Demonstrations by Bob Roberts of Gilded Leaf Bookbinding and Restoration
  • Thursday: Watch the UT Libraries’ Preservation Lab make recoveries
    • Repairs and when to get professional help
  • Friday: Watch the UT Libraries’ Preservation Lab make recoveries
    • Recoveries from floods, fires, and poor storage

Read more about what the Preservation Lab does.

New “Vlog” on Preserving Books and Other Treasures

In her new vlog, Get to the Point in Library Preservation, preservation technician Amanda Richards demonstrates the tools and techniques she uses to make sure the UT Libraries collections will stand the test of time. Amanda offers step-by-step tutorials on techniques — such as sew-ins, book binding, and constructing boxes to house fragile materials — that she uses to treat circulating books as well as the rare and unique items in our Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives.

You Are Invited! SGA Open Education Awards, April 25

Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching and learning. Open textbooks can be read online for free. By adopting open textbooks in their courses, UT instructors save students hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

In 2017, the Student Government Association worked with the UT Libraries to launch an award recognizing instructors who use open educational resources, including free and openly licensed textbooks.

This year’s SGA Open Education Awards will be presented on April 25. Here is an open invitation from SGA and the Libraries:

The 2019 SGA Open Education Award winners will be announced at a reception on Thursday, April 25.

Student Government leaders invite you to the celebration! Students will recognize faculty and instructors who are using openly-licensed, free educational resources.

Instructors from the following subject areas were nominated for the awards: Anthropology, Biology, Economics, English, Engineering, Psychology, and Physics.

Please join us:

Thursday, April 25
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room (room 258, across from the Main Public Services Desk)

Beverages and light fare will be available. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18, 2019, and please share this message with your colleagues.

Sincerely,
The UTK Student Government Association and the reception hosts, UT Libraries

Exhibit Features Knoxville-born Writer James Agee

James Agee, 1945

James Agee, 1945

The work of Knoxville-born writer James Agee is featured in an exhibit in the John C. Hodges Library. Agee was a master of many literary forms, and the display highlights his fiction, poetry, and screenwriting, as well as his creative non-fiction.

James Agee (1909-1955) is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family, which takes place in Knoxville and closely mirrors Agee’s own experience of losing his father in a car accident at the age of six. Agee’s original manuscript in the UT Libraries’ Special Collections revealed that the posthumously published novel had been heavily edited by Agee’s publisher. In 2007, UT English professor Michael Lofaro published a reconstructed edition of Agee’s original text.
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Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 1–6

April 1–6 is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. Grad students can stop by the John C. Hodges Library for these events:

Monday, April 1
noon–1 p.m.           HABIT Dogs at the Veterans Resource Center
1–6 p.m.                  Massage Therapists for Graduate Students

Tuesday, April 2
noon–1 p.m.           MGSO Presents: How to Stress Less
1–4 p.m.                  Professional Headshots for Graduate Students
2:10-4:10 p.m.        Developing an Inclusive Teaching Philosophy Statement

Thursday, April 4
noon–1 p.m.           HABIT Dogs at the Veterans Resource Center
2:10-4:10 p.m.        Building Work-Life Resilience and Balance

Friday, April 5
1–4 p.m.                  Professional Headshots for Graduate Students

A full list of events can be found on the UT Event Calendar.

Seed Library Grand Opening during National Library Week

Seed Library now open“Libraries = Strong Communities” is the theme for National Library Week, April 7–13. Stop by the display outside 209 Hodges Library during the week to learn how the UT Libraries creates a stronger community on campus, locally, and globally.

ABOUT THE SEED LIBRARY

Spring is almost here. Why not plant a garden? You can now check out seed packets from the library.

Here’s how it works: Visit our Seed Library at the Hodges Library Public Services desk (2nd floor entrance). Check out packets of vegetable seeds. Plant. Harvest and enjoy.

Grand Opening: Drop by 209 Hodges Library on Wednesday, April 10, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., to plant a seed and carry it home. We’ll supply:

  • Biodegradable pots, soil, and bean seeds
  • Giveaways: recipes, bookmarks with gardening tips, a limited number of terracotta pots with flowers
  • Food: including veggies, lavender-scented cookies, and herb-infused lemonade

You are also invited to join our Transplant Workshop at the Grow Lab at 2-4 p.m., Thursday, April 11.

Visit our seed library website, libguides.utk.edu/seedlibrary, for guides to urban gardening, tips for saving seeds from year to year, and information on community groups — some right here in Knoxville — that promote food security and sustainable agriculture.

For more information, contact Sarah Johnson at 865-946-2104 or sjohn173@nullutk.edu.

Big Orange STEM Saturday for High School Students on April 6

High school students will explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Big Orange STEM Saturday, April 6, at UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

The keynote activity at the free half-day conference will be an exercise in managing personal finances, led by John Nolan of SunTrust Bank. Nolan teaches budgeting, saving, and credit-building skills through several local non-profit organizations.

Leading up to the keynote presentation, students can attend two 30-minute “breakout” sessions of their choice on various topics:
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